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Each of the AusVELS domains is structured by eleven levels associated broadly with the years of schooling, from Foundation (Prep) to Level 10. The levels represent typical progress of students at key points within the stages of learning. It is recognised that students progress at individual rates and may demonstrate achievement at a particular level earlier or later than typical.

The eleven level structure reflects the use of eleven levels as a key feature of the design of the domains drawn from the F – 10 Australian Curriculum (English, Mathematics, Science and History). While this marks a change from the previous six level structure of the VELS, this change should not be interpreted as a move back to a more fixed, less personalised set of teaching and learning principles. In fact, the intent of the change is to strengthen the use of curriculum design as a tool for personalised learning. 

Nominal school levelVELS LevelAusVELS Level
   Prep/Foundation  1 Foundation
        1  2   1
        2   2
        3  3   3
        4   4
        5  4   5
        6   6
        7  5   7
        8   8
        9  6   9
       10  10

While the VELS encouraged flexibility across two levels, the AusVELS structure will encourage teachers to go further and use the curriculum to appropriately target the learning level of each individual student in a class. This reflects the considerable body of research that shows that in any typical mixed ability class, students will demonstrate a range of abilities that spans approximately five school levels. The design of the curriculum as an eleven-point continuum of learning is intended to encourage schools and teachers to use the full continuum to more effectively monitor and provide feedback to students on their learning.

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